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rural education solution

Page history last edited by najamyms@dukes.jmu.edu 12 years, 1 month ago

 

Rural Education Solution

Education Program

The education program for rural Bangladesh will focus on sustainable agriculture practices. It will be an open forum of experts, students and farmers where information can be freely exchanged.  The new infrastructure from other rural solutions will be discussed and the farmers will be taught how their lives will be affected. For example, the biggest change will be the encouragement of rainwater capture systems so that farmers can use alternative water sources for irrigation. This is also an effort to reduce the amount of arsenic infused water consumed by the rural population. Therefore, they will be taught how they work and why it is a beneficial solution.

 

The forum will act as an environment promoting communication between all stakeholders involved. Easy water-saving practices will be discussed both for the home and for the farm. Cultural background will be kept in mind so that various stakeholders are more likely adopt the solutions. It will be emphasized that there is a desire country wide to recharge the groundwater during the dry season and that is why rainwater capture is being addressed. In addition, farmers that are affected with salt water intrusion will be taught how rainwater capture can be their solution.

 

Government officials may be in attendance but NGO's will be responsible for mediating as a neutral party.

 

This forum will take place several times a year in many rural areas of Bangladesh. As the forum becomes more popular through the years, more rural areas can be targeted. It is also an assumption that word-of-mouth will pass on the knowledge to those that did not attend. This forum is necessary to educate the public on the various solutions being implemented and build enthusiasm for these solution. With knowledge and enthusiasm will come long term integration of the solutions into Bangladesh's culture. In essence, the forum is a stepping stone for long term success.

 

Incentives will be in place to encourage attendance. For the rural population, this will be in the form of starting materials to build a rainwater capture system.

 

Drawbacks and Unintended Consequences

The biggest issue facing the establishment of the education program is willingness to attend. Even though the program is there, it does not mean people will attend. The incentive structure is there to reduce this issue, but it remains nonetheless. In addition, it will be difficult advertising the education program initially so that a large majority of the population is informed. This will hopefully be reduced over time with word of mouth. Also, it is an assumption that government employees and NGOs will be willing to contribute. Discussion will need to happen on whether these individuals will be paid as well. Finally, there could be cultural ramifications in accepting the solutions presented in the program.

 

Time Frame

Theoretically, the education program could be designed and implemented within a year. However, attendance and beneficial impacts will take several years to be seen. This is meant to be a longer term solution in that it is meant to ease the integration of all the rural solutions over time and through generations.


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